THIS ISSUE

New section in newsletter added: From this issue, we have a new section in the newsletter; jobs in sustainable fashion. This will include positons in fashion brands and retailers and also at organisations working on sustainable fashion. Scroll down to see today’s list (15 jobs on offer). If your organisation is recruiting, drop me a line via the “Contact” link at the top right of this page.  

Brands in this issue include: Adidas, Lidl, Aldi, and Bestseller (suppliers in Myanmar accused of targeting union leaders), Allbirds (taking on Nike and Adidas), Allbirds and Icebreaker (companies New Zealand wants more of), Cotton On (to help 2,200 workers in Bangladesh), H&M ($200,000 to Girl Up), Levi’s (new hemp clothing), Lou & Grey (partnering with HERproject), Sperry (shoes from bionic yarn), Reformation, Athleta, H&M, and ThredUp (diverting clothing from landfills), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • How a business-model revamp can create a sustainable future for fashion

  • Simple innovations to support organic cotton farming

  • Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research

  • Washing your clothes is damaging the oceans – here’s how you can change that

  • Three International Women’s Day lessons for supply chains

  • Apparel industry: a long- or short-run cash cow?

  • Rachel Roy talks consumers’ role in ethical fashion, White House chat about child-labor issues

  • Eight prominent voices added to Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 speaker line-up

  • Why fashion can no longer ignore sustainability

  • Denim trade show Kingpins Amsterdam to ask exhibitors to show green credentials

  • Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown

  • Are innovation and sustainability meaningless?

  • Film denouncing fur deemed ‘staged’ by IFF investigators

  • Does your feminist T-shirt empower the women who made it?

  • Can vegan fashion go cheap ... but avoid the way of the sweatshop?

  • Chemicals found in carpets, floors and clothes damage sperm and make them weaker swimmers in both men and dogs, study finds

  • Pilot alignment assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition with the OECD garment and footwear guidance

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: workers strike for higher wages/payment of arrears; NGO calls for Form anti-harassment committees at RMG factories; calls for Accord to remain after factory fire; workers blacklisted after Jan-Feb unrest

  • Cambodia: workers praise bi-monthly payment; video of W&D workers’ march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house; drop in strikes and demonstrations; drop in accidents involving garment workers

  • China: factories struggling to hire enough workers; detainees at China’s Muslim internment camps are turned to forced labour for foreign firms

  • Indonesia: 44% of Indonesian women workers experienced sexual harassment in the workplace

  • Myanmar: Garment factories supplying EU market accused of targeting union leaders; calls for global community to take “concrete action” to advance human rights

  • Portugal: Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality says workers’ union

  • Spain: Cabinet cracks down on gender discrimination in the workplace

Manufacturers in this issue include: Archroma (scales production of new aniline-free indigo), Archroma, DyStar and Huntsman Textile Effects (to debate at Planet Textiles), Hawthorn (welcomes one penny UK tax to prevent clothing waste), I:CO and Lenzing (diverting clothing from landfills), Solvay and Lenzing (join forces on new fabric), and more.

Quotes of the week:

  • “To think that we’re in 2019 and these are still things that our industry needs to be urged to implement should be a source of embarrassment, not something to advertise once it’s been achieved.”  Rob Warner, commenting on the fashion industry’s inadequate response to Global Fashion Agenda’s call for supply chain traceability; efficient use of water, energy and chemicals; and respectful and secure work environments (05 Mar).

  • “According to a statement by the two Chinese fur skinners who appeared in the video, two unidentified antifur investigators approached the men and offered them lunch (or money to buy lunch) if they skinned an animal alive. The skinners complied, but later regretted the horrific act.” An allegation made by the International Fur Federation about the video, “China Fur Trade Exposed,” which was used by animal rights groups to “push for fur bans” (05 Mar).

By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Cotton On to help 2,200 garment factory workers: “Cotton On Group has commenced an Australian retail industry-first partnership with CARE Australia. The pair have developed a bespoke program aimed at developing the skills of female garment workers, with the goal of advancing their careers. Commencing in February 2019, the two-year pilot project will involve 2,200 garment factory workers, particularly women, in key supplier factories in Bangladesh” (07 Mar).

Sperry amps up sustainable actions: “The company is partnering with the Waterkeeper Alliance to help launch a line of shoes spun from Bionic yarn” (06 Mar).

H&M donates $200,000 to Girl Up, an initiative supporting girls’ leadership and gender equality: “In honor of International Women’s Day and Women's History Month, H&M USA will be supporting Girl Up in their mission of empowering young women who defend gender equality. In recognition of this transformative work, H&M will donate $200,000 to support Girl Up’s leadership development programs for girls and to help further their contribution to social change” (06 Mar).

Lou & Grey is partnering with HERproject to bring women financial & health education in all of its factories: “Lou & Grey is known for making crazy soft knits, cozy jersey dresses, and linen jumpsuits. The feel-good clothing brand is all about women supporting women, which is why Lou & Grey is partnering with HERproject to bring education to its global supply chain community. Lou & Grey partnered with HERproject in 2014 to bring the women workers in its suppliers' factories access to health, financial, and family planning education” (05 Mar).

How eco startup Allbirds took on adidas and Nike’s big shoe duopoly: “Allbirds flaunts its green credentials, given that the threads of its shoes’ uppers are sourced from either merino wool or eucalyptus groves which are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Rival Rothy’s is taking a similar approach, selling shoes made from recycled plastic bottles, while industry giant Adidas has a line of shoes that is made from plastic recovered from waste in the oceans” (05 Mar).

Fashion retailers, non-profits and NYC government band together to divert clothing from landfills: “retailers like Reformation, Athleta and H&M, secondhand sellers like ThredUp, textile experts like I:CO and Lenzing and city government organizations like [New York Department of Sanitation] have all signed on to support the initiative. (04 Mar). [Ed’s note: the project is spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.]

A great yarn for New Zealand: The New Zealand Merino Company on Studio ZQ and its vision to create more Allbirds and Icebreakers: “It’s time for New Zealand’s entrepreneurs to remove the wool from their eyes and see the many potential uses for our own natural fibres, New Zealand Merino Company says. While companies like Allbirds and Firewire Surfboards are paving the way for innovative ways to use wool, to help fast-track the revival of this material, the organisation has opened an innovation space in the heart of Christchurch city to develop creative business ideas and encourage more wool and fibre-based businesses to arise in Aotearoa. We chat with CEO John Brakenridge about the opportunity for the both the start-up sector and the agriculture industry” (04 Mar).

Levi’s new hemp clothing uses less water to grow and feels ‘just like cotton’: “Levi Strauss & Co. has created a new line of clothing made with hemp that “feels just like cotton.” Hemp requires far less water and land in the growing phase and has roughly half the carbon footprint of conventionally grown cotton but has not had wide adoption in the apparel industry because of its coarse feel … Sustainable clothing company Outerknown developed the treatment for the hemp” (04 Mar).

NEWS & REPORTS

How a business-model revamp can create a sustainable future for fashion: “A new paper from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) supports growing views that business corporate social responsibility programmes are not enough to improve conditions for workers at the very end of the garment supply chain. Suppliers being pressured to deliver faster and at lower prices is resulting in the situation getting worse instead of better. The only fix, it says, is a shakeup of the current business model” (07 Mar).

Simple innovations to support organic cotton farming: “Brazil is the world’s fifth largest producer of cotton. And while smallholder farmers drive the production of organic cotton, it remains less than 1% of total cotton production. C&A Foundation believes this must change” (07 Mar). [Ed’s note: C&A Foundation has funded eight simple innovation to accelerate organic cotton for smallholder farmers.]

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research: “Contamination found across UK lakes and rivers, in US groundwater, along the Yangtze river and Spanish coast, and harbouring dangerous bacteria in Singapore” (07 Mar).

Washing your clothes is damaging the oceans – here’s how you can change that: “After securing a ban on microbeads, MP Rebecca Pow has moved on to microfibres – tiny pieces of plastic that end up in the sea every time we put a wash on” (07 Mar).

Three International Women’s Day lessons for supply chains: “In a series of Gender Learning Events, ETI asked corporate members to share practical tips and lessons from their ongoing efforts to address gender inequality in their supply chains” (07 Mar).

Apparel industry: a long- or short-run cash cow? “A few companies, however, tend to have proactive strategy for design development to stay ahead in competition, quotation and order reception. These companies are super class companies which are likely to sustain for long. However, they are not more than a fourth of the total companies in the industry belonging to tier one category, all of which are large companies. These companies have relatively superior internal management system to ensure occupational and health standards, implemented lean tools to enhance productivity, and have continuously arranged for training to improve their management capability [but] what will happen with the remaining number of companies that still struggle to improve the occupational, health, labour management standards, suffering from lower productivity and managerial competency” (06 Mar).

Rachel Roy talks consumers’ role in ethical fashion, White House chat about child-labor issues: “A week after discussing child labor with First Lady Melania Trump and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Rachel Roy wants to keep the conversation going in the fashion industry” (06 Mar).

Eight prominent voices added to Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 speaker line-up: Additions include Marie-Claire Daveu, Anna Gedda, Rubana Huq, La Rhea Pepper, and Nina Smith (06 Mar).

Why fashion can no longer ignore sustainability: “How climate change forced the industry’s hand” (06 Mar).

Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund expands sustainable fashion program with online classes: “The online classes are geared toward executives at Chinese companies, but are for anyone who is interested” (05 Mar).

Denim trade show Kingpins Amsterdam to ask exhibitors to show green credentials: “The Kingpins denim trade show is now taking the bull by the horns, asking the exhibitors at its next Amsterdam edition to comply with, or exceed, current CSR regulations relating to environmental protection and the use of chemicals. At this stage, the request applies to denim spinners alone” (05 Mar).

Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown: “The US plans to end preferential trade status for India, under a scheme which allows certain products to enter the US duty-free. President Donald Trump said India had failed to assure the US it would provide reasonable access to its markets. India said the US move would have a “minimal economic impact”. The US will also end Turkey’s preferential trade status, saying it no longer qualifies” (05 Mar).

Are innovation and sustainability meaningless? “Innovation and sustainability. They’re heralded as two of the most important virtues of any 21st century company, and nowhere more so than within the fashion industry. No brand can survive without innovation; the planet won’t survive without a redoubled effort toward sustainability. Yet, as concepts, innovation and sustainability have been rendered meaningless” (05 Mar).

Film denouncing fur deemed ‘staged’ by IFF investigators: “The latest salvo between the fur industry and antifur groups is an assertion by the International Fur Federation that a 2009 viral video depicting the skinning of live animals was a “staged snuff film,” which “misleads the public with deceptive claims of fur industry practices”” (05 Mar).

Does your feminist T-shirt empower the women who made it? “Slogan T-shirts with female empowerment messages will be everywhere this week to coincide with International Women’s Day, but the reality is that the fashion industry doesn’t empower the majority of women who work in it” (04 Mar).

Can vegan fashion go cheap ... but avoid the way of the sweatshop? “Working as an accountant in London, Devika Srimal Bapna had a dilemma. She was interested in animal rights and the environment, had become a vegan and even volunteered for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But she needed shoes. “I really struggled to find non-leather shoes that were fashionable and affordable and ethical,” says Bapna” (04 Mar).

Chemicals found in carpets, floors and clothes damage sperm and make them weaker swimmers in both men and dogs, study finds: “chemicals known as DEHP and PCB 153 are found in similar levels in humans and dogs – suggesting that, despite very different diets and activities, both are having their fertility damaged in the same way” (04 Mar). [Ed’s note: you can see original academic article on the research here.]

Pilot alignment assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition with the OECD garment and footwear guidance: “Industry-led and multi-stakeholder initiatives that incorporate due diligence expectations can represent a strong inducement for companies to carry out due diligence and provide valuable opportunities for shared learning. However, a proliferation of expectations at a domestic level or across initiatives can create challenges for businesses operating globally who may be subject to various expectations” (13 Feb). [Ed’s note: see full report here, and the SAC’s response here.]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

RMG workers block Saat Rasta, demand wage hike: “several hundred garment workers put up a barricade on the street for a hike in their wages. The workers of several garment factories, including those of Standard Group” (08 Mar).

Form anti-harassment committees at RMG factories: speakers: “According to a 2018 study by [Manusher Jonno Foundation] conducted at RMG factories, around 42.33 percent women said they experienced sexual advances at workplace, 23.28 percent said they were inappropriately touched by male colleagues in excuse of showing work, and 14.29 percent faced unwelcome touching”(07 Mar).

Dhaka fire shows that Bangladesh must build better safety systems, rather than scrap the Accord: “On the night of 20th February a fire broke out and rapidly spread through the densely packed Chawkbazar district in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 70 people died in the fire, which was exacerbated by illegally stored, highly combustible chemicals in the buildings. This horrible tragedy lays bare a pressing problem in Bangladesh: the use of residential buildings and areas for industrial purposes beyond the ready-made-garment industry, which creates serious safety hazards that remain unchecked by national safety enforcement systems” (06 Mar). [Ed’s note: article by Clean Clothes Campaign, on behalf of all Accord witness signatories.]

Fire in Ashulia RMG factory under control: “Witnesses and firefighters said the fire broke out at around 6:15pm in the warehouse of Anzir Apparels Ltd, a ready-made garment (RMG) factory located on the ground floor of Karim Super Market, a five-storey building in Ashulia’s Baipail area” (04 Mar).

  • Garment factory fire confirms Bangladeshi inspection agencies are not yet up to their task: “A fire in a Bangladeshi garment factory in Dhaka this week injured eight people, local media reports say. This tragic incident happened during a period of uncertainty and negotiation about the future of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh: the one international safety programme that has significantly improved worker safety in the garment industry since the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. This week’s fire confirms that, despite the Bangladesh government’s assertions to the contrary, national inspection bodies are not yet ready to take over this important work” (06 Mar). [Ed’s note: by Clean Clothes Campaign.]

Doesn’t labour law apply to garment factories? “As this daily reported yesterday, 23 workers of a garment factory in Ashulia were suspended on charges of vandalism and theft, which the workers claim are false. They had also been blacklisted so that they do not get jobs in other factories in the area. This is outrageous” (06 Mar).

Bangladesh: Investigate dismissals of protesting workers: “Bangladesh authorities should immediately investigate garment worker and union leader allegations of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following a recent protest demanding a wage hike, Human Rights Watch said today. Global garment brands sourcing from Bangladesh should investigate these allegations and call for an end to all forms of intimidation of workers” (05 Mar).

Bangladesh Government must intervene to secure garment factory safety: “The Bangladesh Government continues to insist that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety leaves Bangladesh by a fixed date, regardless of whether there is a competent safety authority to replace it” (05 Mar). [Ed’s note: statement from IndustriALL.]

Bangladesh is burning and sweatshops are the fuel: “Bangladesh is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and its public sector is no exception. In an interview published today, the architect Mubasshar Hussain said Dhaka is the only capital in the world surrounded by four rivers, yet firefighters struggled to put out last week's fire because Old Dhaka has no water hydrants. Meanwhile, he added, the money spent on building one flyover could be used to supply the entire area with hydrants, yet even though these flyovers reportedly serve only 8% of the city's residents, they continue to be built "because those involved get commission from these projects”” (05 Mar).

RMG workers demand payment of arrears: “Around 250 workers of Signature in Stitch Apparels Ltd in Razasion area formed the human chain in front of Savar Upazila Nirbahi Officer’s (UNO) office. They also submitted a memorandum to the UNO over the issue” (05 Mar).

Cambodia

Workers praise bi-monthly payment: “Two months after a directive came into effect stipulating that salaries be given fortnightly, garment workers say they are enjoying greater cash flows and borrowing less” (08 Mar).

Video of W&D workers’ march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house: “Video of W&D workers’ march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house on 5 March 2019 in which one worker fainted after an altercation with authorities” (07 Mar).

Ministry highlights drop in strikes and demonstrations: ““The ministry released its annual report on Tuesday and stated that garment workers went on strike 47 times in 2018, a 51.5 percent drop when compared to 2017’s 97. It added that 10,890 workers went on strike in 2018, a 66.1 percent drop when compared to 2017’s 32,133” (07 Mar).

Ministry notes drop in accidents involving garment workers: ““There were 1,692 traffic accidents last year, leaving 40 garment workers dead and 1,854 others injured,” the report said. “There were 3,330 traffic accidents involving garment workers in 2017, which resulted in 68 dead and 4,785 others injured” … ““The total number of garment workers who fainted in 10 factories last year was 1,825,” it said. “In 2017, incidents in 22 factories resulted in 1,245 garment workers fainting””(06 Mar).

China

China’s factories are struggling to hire enough workers: “Executives are trying to coax manpower to the assembly lines with wage increases...”(08 Mar).

Detainees at China’s Muslim internment camps are turned to forced labour for foreign firms and hit with electrified batons for ‘long’ toilet breaks, former inmate reveals: “As Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in the troubled Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold. “They told us openly that the gloves will be sold abroad, so we should do a good job,” Auelkhan recalled of a labour stint she says was enforced by Chinese ‘re-education’ officials” (04 Mar).

Indonesia

The pain of being a women worker in this country: “"According to a Never Okay study of 1,240 respondents in 34 provinces, 44% of Indonesian women workers experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, with 89.84% being verbally abused and 87.98% being physically abused...” (07 Mar – in Indonesian).

Myanmar

Garment factories supplying EU market accused of targeting union leaders: “Workers and activists allege a crackdown on organised labour in Yangon’s garment factories, including those supplying major European brands” (07 Mar). [Ed’s note: the brands/retailers cited in the article are Adidas, Lidl, Aldi, and Bestseller.]

In Myanmar, ‘pervasive hate speech and shrinking freedom’: “The United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar has expressed alarm over the “pervasive nature of hate speech” in the country, including material in textbooks that reportedly teach fourth-grade students to “loathe those of mixed blood” … urging the global community to take “concrete action” to advance human rights in the country” (06 Mar). [Ed’s note: “fresh sanctions should be considered against the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC).]

Portugal

Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality – Workers’ union: “The secretary general of Portugal's largest trade union federation, the Communist party backed CGTP, said in the northern city of Coimbra that raising the minimum wage and levelling out relative differences in real wages was more important than guaranteeing a higher percentage of women on boards of directors” (06 Mar).

Spain

Spanish Cabinet cracks down on gender discrimination in the workplace: “The decree, passed by the Cabinet of Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Friday, includes the progressive equalization of paternity leave with maternity leave, which will grant new fathers up to 16 weeks of time off work by 2021. It also demands that Spanish businesses complete a gender audit with the “average salary values, salary supplements and non-wage benefits of their staff, separated by sex”” (04 Mar).

MANUFACTURERS

Textile dye industry bosses to debate at Planet Textiles: “Taking the stage together for the first time at the event will be Xander Wessels the CEO of Archroma, Eric Hopmann, CEO of DyStar and Rohit Aggarwal, President of Huntsman Textile Effects who will provide delegates with a unique insight into the challenges and potential solutions for effective, transparent chemical management” (07 Mar).

Leading Chinese textile maker starts to build huge factory in Cambodia: “Shenzhou International Group Holdings, a leading Chinese clothing manufacturer, on Wednesday broke ground for the construction of a new 150-million-U.S.-dollar garment factory here after operating in the country for 14 years” (06 Mar).

Penny clothing tax proposed by committee to prevent waste: “Hawthorn, a UK-based clothing manufacturer, welcome these proposals, highlighting factory wastage as another area that needs to be addressed to reduce the industry's environmental impact” (05 Mar).

Solvay and Lenzing join forces:” The new fabric developed together by Lenzing Group from Austria and the Belgian company Solvay marks a further and important step forward in the pursuit of an ever more responsible innovation, offering performance, durability and comfort all at once” (05 Mar).

Six textile dyeing units sealed in Noida for violating pollution norms: “The district magistrate has also ordered to disconnect the electricity supply to these units. According to officials, the dyeing units were allegedly releasing polluted water without treating it first” (04 Mar).

Archroma scales production of new aniline-free indigo: “The denim industry has spoken. Archroma announced Monday that the production of its new aniline-free Denisol Pure Indigo has been accelerated “due to the high demand encountered on the market”” (04 Mar).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Ascena Retail Group: Director, Supply Chain Sustainability (Hong Kong)

* BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

* Common Objective: Content Editor/Writer (London)

* Common Objective: Product Designer (UX/UI) (London)

* Common Objective: Office Manager (London)

* Fashion Revolution: Project Manager (London or nearby)

* Fashion Revolution: Global Network Manager (London or nearby)

* Lululemon: Director, Product Sustainability (Vancouver)

Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association: Junior Labour Officer (Myanmar)

* Nike: Director of Partnerships & Advocacy Initiatives - Global Sustainability (Portland, Oregon).

* Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)

Redress: Sustainable Fashion Associate (Hong Kong)

Redress: Creative Media Designer (Hong Kong)

* Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

* Ted Baker: Sustainability Assistant (London)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                          

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

06 -08 March, Los Angeles: LA Textile: Includes seminars on GOTS, sustainable fashion (with Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, CFDA, etc.).

07 March: Los Angeles: Sustainable Fashion Forum: “A one-day conference focused on sharing digital and tech-based solutions so fashion designers, manufacturers, factories, and retailers.”

* 12 – 13 March: Shanghai: Intertextile Shanghai: Multiple seminars and workshops on sustainability topics.

13 – 14 March: Sydney, Australia: Responsible Fashion Summit: “circular economy, sustainable fibres, worker empowerment, legislation and new business models.”

14 March, London: Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2019: “Brings together the most sustainable brands and retailers, trailblazers and unicorns, disruptors, progressive thinkers and pioneers.”

14 March, Hong Kong: Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Hong Kong Conference 2019: “Focus on emerging risks to the leather industry and how these may be addressed through innovation and sustainable solutions.”

14 March, The Hague, Netherlands: Learning Seminar for Garment and Textile Brands: ‘Sourcing responsibly in Turkey. How to do due diligence?’: “Organised by the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments & Textile (AGT) in cooperation with Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), supported by the AGT Turkey Taskforce.”

* 18 -19 March, New York: 7th Responsible Business Summit: Lead the change to a new sustainable future: Invest, Collaborate and Innovate (hosted by Ethical Corporation).

21 – 22 March, Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Circular Fashion Conference.

08 – 11 April, Budapest: 4th Global Sustainable Fashion Week: “press conference, international conferences, workshops, eco fashion shows and cultural programs.”

09 – 10 April, Amsterdam: Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference: “How brands can transform factories, increase transparency and implement circularity in fashion and textile supply chains.”

17 April, Northampton, UK: Half Day Understanding REACH Training Course: “Understanding the differences between the Candidate List, Annex XVII and Annex XIV.”

23 – 26 April, Northampton, UK: 4 Day Practical Leather Technology Training Course: “Ideal for those who are heavily involved with leather, such as supply chain staff, tannery staff, leather buyers, footwear technologists or those who need to top up their leather technology knowledge.”

02 May, Dhaka: Bangladesh Fashionology Summit: Transparency through technology, technology for decent work and environment, future skills development.

08 May, Manchester, UK: Time for Change – Facing up to fashion’s sustainability and ethical challenges: ASBCI’s 2019 Spring Conference.

15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Fashion Summit: “Join us this May when fashion’s most visionary and innovative minds gather to discuss the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.”

03 – 06 June: Detroit: SB’19 Detroit: “Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success,” by Sustainable Brands.

10 – 12 June, London: Ethical Corporation’s 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe: “It’s time to Lead: Innovate, Engage and Collaborate.”

12 June, Northampton, UK: 1 Day Chemical Compliance and Product Safety Training Course: “On this chemical course, our in-house chemical expert will guide you through the various legislations and chemicals in a simple step-by-step process, ensuring that you are aware of your obligation and how to comply.” (For the leather industry.)

18 – 20 June, Minneapolis, USA: Circularity 19: “Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy.”

22 June, Barcelona: Planet Textiles 2019: “The 10th edition of Planet Textiles will be a seminal event on sustainability in the textile manufacturing sector and will see an unrivalled gathering of experts from the entire fashion value chain.”

08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: For sponsorship or speaking opportunities Sumit Gupta at the link.

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange call for breakout presentations.

(Photo Jerzy Górecki, CCO)

Disclaimer: The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review (FSWIR) is a twice-weekly roundup of sustainability news items relevant to the fashion, apparel, textile and related industries. The views and opinions expressed in the FSWIR by individual authors and/or media outlets cited do not necessarily reflect the position of GoBlu International or any individual associated with the company.

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